Francis Russell


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1884 1888
  • Alexandria Town Hall in 1943 (Alexandria, 'the Birmingham of Australia': 75 years of progress, 1868-1943, published by Alexandria Municipal Council, 1943).

Family background

Francis Russell was born on 13 June 1847 at Baulkham Hills, NSW, the son of James Russell and Rose Allen. He married Annie Mary Herrmann (1851-1909) on 19 June 1971 at St Peters, NSW, and they had five sons and four daughters. Francis Russell died at St Peters on 16 June 1918, aged 71 years; he was buried at Rookwood Cemetery in the Roman Catholic section. He left no Will. Francis Russell lived at Lackey Street, St Peters.

Occupation & interests

Francis Russell was a brick maker. He was a Freemason and a member of Loyal St John’s Lodge. With the rise of the mercantile City, Francis Russell was representative of self employed brick makers in Sydney’s burgeoning building industry.

Local government service

Francis Russell was an alderman on Alexandria Council 1884-88, representing the South Ward. He resigned on 29 February 1888.


‘Suburban and Country ‘Municipal Elections’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 February 1884, p. 4,


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